EarthPM (Rich Maltzman & Dave Shirley)

Rich is Senior Manager at the Global Program Management Office of a major telecom concern, where he is responsible for the Development Framework for over 2,000 customer-facing project managers. The Framework is an integrated program including the curricula, career path, skills management, and professional certification, and is being adapted by the company for all of its 18,000 Services personnel. In this role, he helped merge the PMOs the American and French components of this company, and was featured in the Project Management Institute’s Leadership in Project Management 2008 annual issue. In addition to this work, Rich has also been developing and delivering PM courseware for Boston University’s Corporate Education Center, mScholar, and their clients in industries as diverse as construction, medical devices, defense, insurance, pharmaceutical research, and professional sports organizations. Certified since 2000 as a PMP, Rich has helped hundreds attain their PMP credential through direct instruction and coaching as well as his editing and voicing of a 12-CD set of audio PMP lessons for mScholar. He was also an editor for the 4th edition of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Rich’s background includes 10 years as an electrical engineer, designing and programming test equipment for the manufacture and repair of electronic and fiber optic transmission equipment. He also led a technical solutions team, during which time he was the lead author for the Bell Labs Technical Journal article “Design for Networks – the Ultimate Design For X”. His 10 years of engineering and engineering management is supplemented by a 20 year career as a manager of project managers, deploying telecom networks and services. This period includes a 2-year international assignment in The Netherlands (2000-2002), where he built a team of PMs focused on deploying telecom networks in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Rich’s educational background includes a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and certificates in business management from Indiana University/INSEAD and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Rich also has a Master’s certificate in Project Management from the Stevens Institute.

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